Bed tax numbers up in Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael may have left plenty of destruction in its wake, but that doesn't seem to be stopping people from visiting our beaches.

Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council officials say September bed tax numbers were up almost 10 percent from the previous year and October followed the trend, up 4.4 percent.

But November skyrocketed to exponential growth!

"November, you know, is up 144 percent. You know, what that means is it changed from weekend occupancy to people staying for the entire month. So it just drove dollars up across the board," said President of the Tourist Development Council Dan Rowe.

TDC officials say that boost of money can go back into helping Panama City with marketing and advertising costs, and help other communities heavily affected by the storm.